Residency Positions: 30
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's three-year internal medicine residency prepares physicians to successfully sit for American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine certification and to embark on fulfilling careers as internists.
The outstanding features of the intensive program include its board success record. Nearly all graduates of the program pass their boards on their first attempt. Other features are a singular emphasis on academics and teaching that results in such success, and the flexibility each resident has in customizing the residency to suit his or her particular areas of interest, while completing all requirements.
"We have two hospitals with a variety of different services from which a resident can choose to meet his or her requirements," says Michael Venditto, DO, program director of the internal medicine residency. "It results in greater rotation flexibility. Given a subspecialty such as cardiology, the resident is then free to pick the cream of the crop of cardiologists to have as his or her teacher for that month."
The first-year rotations include one month of cardiac congenital heart disease as well as one month each of general internal medicine, cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonary, hematology/oncology, infectious disease, ICU and CCU, and two months of electives.
The second year curriculum fulfills remaining requirements and additional electives.
"I cannot stress enough the close working relationship residents develop with the faculty and attending physicians," says Dr. Venditto. "Rounds are made every day, cases are discussed at bedside and treatment plans are formulated by residents, with the concurrence of the attending physicians. Teaching is our number one priority.
"The goal is for each resident to be presented with the highest degree of responsibility and accountability while receiving the strongest and most meticulous guidance."
At PCOM, a resident is an integral part of one of the nation's largest osteopathic postgraduate education programs. It is a challenging, synergistic environment in which over 20 residency and fellowship programs utilize the Philadelphia region's unsurpassed osteopathic and allopathic medical resources to train more than 200 primary care physicians and specialists.
Michale Venditto, DO
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1972
Allied Health Program of the Philadelphia Community College, Registry Eligible Respiratory Therapist, 1973
DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1977
Internship: Osteopathic Medical Center of Philadelphia, 1977-78
Residency: Internal Medicine, Osteopathic Medical Center of Philadelphia, 1978-80
Fellowship: Pulmonary, Osteopathic Medical Center of Philadelphia, 1980-82
Board certified, Internal Medicine
Board certified, Medical Diseases of the Chest
Critical Care Medicine Certification, 1996-2016
Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
Fellow, American College of Osteopathic Internists
PGY 2 residents: $46,750
PGY 2 residents: $48,750
PGY 3 residents: $49,750
Point of Service or HMO health insurance, including major medical, prescription and dental health coverage for residents and their families during the contract year.
Professional liability and disability insurance.
$800 per year continuing medical education stipend for conferences or books is included in salary.
Note: PCOM does not provide living quarters for residents.
At each hospital, chief residents are in charge of all didactic lectures, i.e., core curriculum, case presentations and journal club. Residents also participate in the education of interns and medical students. There are daily morning reports and lectures, medical grand rounds and mandatory meetings of groups such as the Harrison's Club, Tumor Board, Mortality Review Committee and clinical pathology conferences.
Residents have access to PCOM's 60,000-volume medical library, on-line access to the Medline database and on-line access to every medical library in Pennsylvania, and computer and computer-assisted learning capabilities.